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Developer to speak on homes plan for Bronze Age site

Welbeck Strategic Land set to present plans at Yateley Town Council planning committee meeting

Yateley residents' group poster against 150 Urnfield homes

Hundreds of campaigners are expected to turn out to a public meeting on Monday when developers put forward their plans to build on a historic site in Yateley.

Welbeck Strategic Land is to give a presentation at Yateley Town Council’s planning committee meeting.

The developers want to build 150 homes on land between Moulsham Lane and Broome Close, also known as the Urnfield.

Yateley Urnfield Residents’ Action Group’s (YURAG) steering committee has sent out emails to 370 objectors informing them of the meeting after plans were revealed by the developers at a public exhibition earlier this year.

Group chairman Nick Godwin said: “We have been working on an opposition document and we will adjust accordingly as a result of Monday’s meeting.

“We have been talking to various people, keeping an eye on what is going on and continuing to meet with consultants.

“But until we actually see a planning application we do not know exactly how many homes they intend to build.”

The campaign group’s main concerns relate to access, traffic, safety, as well as flood risk and the impact on the community and the environment.

“It is not just a matter for the residents in the area but we consider it is one for the wider community in Yateley because of the effect it could potentially have on roads, infrastructure and services,” said Mr Godwin.

“The proposal is wholly inappropriate. The site is not suitable.”

The reason why this site is called The Urnfield is that in the late 1920s some Bronze Age funerary ‘beakers’ were dug up by gravel diggers working for the then farmer of Moor Place and Chandlers Farm.

Attempts to develop the Urnfield site have been going on for many years.

A submission was made back in 2011 to Hart District Council on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land promoting the Urnfield site for residential development in response to Hart District Council’s core strategy preferred approach document.

YURAG was set up following this submission. It was formed in early 2012 and more than 200 residents signed up at that time in support of the work of the campaign group.

A spokesman for Welbeck said: “As part of the normal planning process we look forward to presenting our masterplan for the Moulsham Lane site to Yateley town councillors on Monday evening, in advance of submitting a planning application to Hart District Council.”

The council meeting is open to the public and starts at 7pm at The Tythings in Reading Road, Yateley.

Following the meeting, objectors will be invited to chat with YURAG’s steering group to discuss next steps.

 

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